The Brew

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Friday August 31, 2012 7:30 PM
$25 in advance / $30 day of concert

The Brew is an American independent rock band founded in the small town of Amesbury, Massachusetts by four friends from high school. Brothers Chris and Joe Plante joined guitarist Dave Drouin and drummer Kelly Kane in 2002. Kane left the band in 2012 and was replaced by longtime fan and drummer Aaron Zaroulis.

The Brew began to record and release some of their early material in 2003, featuring songs like "About to Rain" and "Gypsy Moon." While these recordings find the band still growing and honing their sound, one can clearly hear where The Brew was headed: they deliver both introspective, delicate breaks and explosive power, while featuring honest, poetic lyrics and lush, four-part harmonies.

"We grew up on Paul Simon, The Beatles and Queen," Dave Drouin explains. "Those recordings and arrangements taught us that above all else, the music needs to serve the song and not be a showcase for how fast or loud we can play."

The attention to detail began to pay off when their musical heroes started to take notice of the burgeoning band from the Northeast. Now sharing bills with The Allman Brothers, Cake, Levon Helm and others, The Brew was backstage with legendary musicians, getting invaluable advice that would shape their next few years.

While opening for Bruce Hornsby in 2006, The Brew met Bobby Read, producer and saxophonist for Hornsby's band The Noisemakers. On the spot, The Brew and Read decided to do a record together, which would become 2008's Back to the Woods. The success of singles like "Chance Reaching" (still in rotation on Sirius XM radio) lifted the band to national exposure.

In an interview with Relix magazine in 2011, The Brew announced it would be releasing a triple-record project called Triptych, beginning with the November release of A Garden in the Snow. This leadoff album provided the band with its current single "When Darkness Comes," which is now spinning on AAA radio stations across the country. In May 2012, they released the official video for the song exclusively through 92.5 The River, Boston's largest and only independent radio station.

Triptych's second album, Light From Below, was released in December 2011, and has gained additional airplay on Sirius XM, with songs including "Birds on the Window" and The Brew's starkly uptempo version of Led Zepplin's "Going to California." This recording features the band's energetic live playing backed by now-longtime friend and collaborator Bobby Read's huge horn sections.

The third and most anticipated record, Hard Enough To Break, is set for release on August 31, 2012, when The Brew headlines the prestigious Lowell Summer Music Series along with such artists as Ziggy Marley, K.D. Lang, and John Mayall.

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Opening Band - Air Traffic Controller

Serving in the US Navy as a real-life air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home 4-track demos he had written and recorded during his deployment. With his enlistment up, Munro returned to hometown Boston and discovered an impressive number of fans, prompting the genesis of the aptly-named rock band Air Traffic Controller.

With a refreshing, modern day, indie rock sound resembling The Decemberists, ATC further infuses its compositions with unforgettable pop sensibilities in the vein of Petty, McCartney, and Springsteen. Munro keeps it honest, with autobiographical lyrics and well-crafted storytelling reminiscent of classic singer/songwriters such as Paul Simon and Cat Stevens.

One of Dave's demos reached LA-based singer/songwriter and record producer Bleu. Munro states; "I was floored to find out one of my musical heroes wanted to produce us. With Bleu onboard, the production is much more epic" and in December of 2009 the band released its debut album, The One to a zealous audience. Accolades and award nominations soon followed, as did airplay on tastemaker radio stations such as 92.5 The River and WFNX, as well as positive coverage in publications such as Business Week, Performer Magazine, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Phoenix.

Nominated for an MTV "Best Break-Out Artist" Video Music Award in late 2009 and winner of "Best Indie Rock Act" of the 2010 Boston Music Conference, Air Traffic Controller soon found itself on many of the Northeast media outlet's Best-Of lists.

Fast forward to 2011, Air Traffic Controller were ready for round two with Bleu. Having a home-run success on Kickstarter and raising over $12k to support the production of "Nordo" - the team set out and made a brilliant All-American Indie Pop record that can call up musical references to Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and Brendan Benson. Taking advantage of band member Steve Scott's experience with composing, the band went the distance and recorded a forty piece orchestra on the song "Blame." This new album also features band member Casey Sullivan singing on two duets "You Know Me" and "Any Way."

This year, the band has debuted songs from "Nordo" around New England in venues like the Tupelo Music Hall in NH, Acoustic Long Island, and Boston's legendary singer-songwriter venue Club Passim. Dave and members of Air Traffic Controller were hand-picked by WERS and Reykjavik Calling to play with Eli "Paperboy" Reed and Will Dailey at The Paradise Rock Club for an unforgettable evening of collaborations with Iceland's top emerging artists. WXRV has also hand-picked the band to perform at the historic 92.5 the River Music Hall for their series Live In The River Music Hall which will air on the station and on Comcast On Demand starting in May.

The band's music has been used by Disney World Resorts, Ecko and Hollister stores worldwide, and licensed to Lincoln/Mercury, NBC Television, USA and CW Networks. The band will also have a featured musical intro in an upcoming episode of MTV's scripted show Inbetweeners. WERS Radio calls Air Traffic Controller "One of Boston's finest independent bands" and during the height of The One's radio campaign the band's debut became one of the top three most-added albums on college radio stations nationwide.

The band features Dave Munro on lead vocals and guitar; multi-instrumentalist Steve Scott on lead guitar, keys, and more; big brother Richie Munro on drums; Casey Sullivan on bass, banjo, and backing vocals; with violinist Alison Shipton and Kiara Perico on viola. The band often performs live accompanied on stage by an entire string section to capture and recreate its brilliant, full sound... one that consistently identifies Air Traffic Controller as one of the fastest rising original acts in the country.


Lowell Summer Music Series
67 Kirk Stret
Lowell, MA 01852

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